Sunset Magazine: Thistle is a Top 5 Wine Country Bar

Thanks to Sunset Magazine, who named McMinnville restaurant Thistle a “Top 5 Bar Wine Country Insiders Love”! “No absentee owner, Emily Howard is the one serving your food in this cozy space outfitted with vintage decor. She also manages to find room for one of the Willamette Valley’s coolest wine collections—a mix of hometown bottles…

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McMinnville Named a Sunset Magazine Best Travel Destination

McMinnville is a “Willamette Valley Must!”  According to Sunset Magazine: “This small agricultural community has responded to the Pinot Noir–driven tourist boom, and now you hardly need to leave its limits to experience the valley’s riches. Downtown, on picturesque Third Street, you’ll find 19th-century brick buildings housing restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and boutiques, as well…

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NY Times: Chardonnay, the Oregon Way

“After years of focusing primarily on pinot noir, winemakers in the Willamette Valley have turned their attention to chardonnay with excellent results.” Read the full article by Eric Asimov on and plan your trip to the heart of Oregon wine country here.

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Oregon Wine Press: Atticus Unveiled

“Oregon wine country’s newest hotel, the Atticus, officially opened April 1. The 36-room luxury lifestyle hotel is set just off of historic Third Street in downtown McMinnville on the corner of Ford and Fourth streets. Fit with a hidden drawing room, original art and furnishings from local makers, plus a house restaurant in Bless Your…

Read Article The Best Towns in America to Visit UFOs

“You know those grainy black-and-white pictures you see on B-rolls of every TV show you’ve ever seen about flying saucers? There’s a good chance those photos came from McMinnville, a small town in the heart of Oregon wine country that’s known just as well for its UFOs as its pinot noir.” Check out the full…

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1859 Magazine: Oregon Weekend Getaway

“From Newberg, it’s about a half hour west to charming historic McMinnville… for your dinner reservation at intimate date-night darling, Thistle, followed by a nightcap with a side of stargazing at the Rooftop Bar atop McMenamin’s Hotel Oregon, or a game of pool in the back bar of buzzy Nick’s Italian Cafe.” Read the full…

Read Article Why McMinnville Makes For The Perfect Getaway

From “An easy hour’s drive south of Portland will lead you to an impossibly charming town – Third Street is so picturesque, it could easily double as a movie backdrop – that also boasts big city perks and amenities.” Read Katie Chang’s recommendation for a full weekend of wine country exploration here!

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McMinnville Named Best US Foodie Destination by

“Third Street is a rich snapshot of the valley’s fresh flavors and culinary expertise. Our favorite McMinnville eateries share this thoroughfare with many of the region’s top wineries.” Thanks,!  Read the full writeup, with suggestions for great places to experience McMinnville’s foodie culture, right here.

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Vancouver Sun: Oregon Road Trip – Take the Slow Road

“With 200 wineries within a 30-minute drive it’s tough to decide on where to taste… As we gazed over acres of vineyards, heard nothing but songbirds, and tucked into our picnic with a gorgeous Pinot noir, all was right with the world.” Thanks to Jane Mundy at the Vancouver Sun for this fun piece on taking…

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